Friday, November 17, 2017

Italy: Good news from Italy - presented by Israel-haters

Via Elder of Ziyon:
Reading about Israeli political victories through the eyes of Israel-haters who are not used to having the tide turned against them is a lot of fun.

From Scoop.nz: 
Anti-BDS Laws and Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara is Winning in Italy

By Romana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud
A proposed law at the Italian Parliament is set to punish the boycott of Israel. In the past, such an initiative would have been unthinkable. Alas, Italy, a country that had historic sympathies with the Palestinian cause has shifted its politics in a dramatic way in recent years. Most surprisingly, though, the Left is as implicated as the Right in the rush to please Israel, at the expense of Palestinian rights.

The sad reality is this: Italy is moving to the Israeli camp. This is not only pertinent to political alignment, but in the reconfiguration of discourse as well. Israeli priorities, as articulated in Zionist hasbara (official propaganda) have now become part of our everyday lexicon of Italian media and politics. As a result, the Zionist agenda is now part and parcel of Italian political agenda as well.

Italy’s anti-Fascist, anti-military occupation and revolutionary past is being overlooked by self-serving politicians, growingly beholden to the pressures of a burgeoning pro-Israel lobby.

The pro-Israel trend has been in motion for years. In a famous interview with the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot in 2008, former Italian President Francesco Cossiga declared: “Dear Italian Jews, we sold you out”.

Cossiga was referring to the so-called “Lodo Moro”, an unofficial agreement, which was allegedly signed in the 1970’s by Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro and the leaders of The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP). Its understanding supposedly allowed the Palestinian group to coordinate its actions throughout the Italian territory, in exchange for the PLFP keeping Italy out of its field of operation.

The “Lodo Moro” is often used in Israeli hasbara to highlight Italy’s supposed failures in the past, and to continue associating Palestinians with terrorism.
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Europe: The EU violates international law, steals Palestinian land, and then demands compensation from Israel

Via Mosaic Magazine:
Last month, the eight European countries that make up the West Bank Protection Consortium sent a formal letter demanding €30,000 in compensation for two classrooms with solar panels that Israel dismantled in August. The letter, as Ruthie Blum explains, ignores the fact that the structures, located in part of the West Bank called Area C, were built in violation of international law:
[The 1995 agreement known as] Oslo II, which created the Palestinian Authority (PA), divides the West Bank into three geographical sections—Areas A, B, and C—and specifies which government controls each. Area C is under the military and civil jurisdiction of Israel alone. . . . Yet, for years, there has been non-stop building in Area C, . . . in a transparent effort to populate Area C with Palestinians. . . . 
[The] Middle East analyst Bassam Tawil [has] noted massive “behind-the-scenes” Palestinian construction, the goal of which is “to create irreversible facts on the ground” and completely encircle Jerusalem. He points out that while Israel is condemned for any and every attempt to build housing in the West Bank and Jerusalem [which it never does in Area A, assigned by Oslo to the sole jurisdiction of the Ramallah], the Palestinian Authority has been undertaking, with impunity, a “colossal” construction project that is “illegal in every respect.” . . . 
On a recent tour of the area, [another] Arab affairs expert, Khaled Abu Toameh, explained that this ongoing construction, funded mainly by the EU and Qatar, is made possible through the “confiscation” of privately owned tracts of Palestinian land by unlicensed contractors whose interest is solely financial. . . All they want, he said, is to line their pockets at the expense of helpless landowners, who are told that they must sacrifice their property to help the Palestinian Authority populate the area for political gain against Israel. . . . 
It takes particular gall for European Union representatives to express “humanitarian” outrage at Israel for razing illegal structures in the West Bank—while the EU is in league with Palestinian criminals who have been brazenly stealing Arab-owned land.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

German court: Kuwait Airways can refuse Israeli passengers

Commenting the ruling on Twitter are:

Clemens Wergin : A German court just decided it is ok for Kuwait Airways to discriminate against Israelis, even when offering flights from Germany.

Adam Milstein : In controversial ruling & dangerous president German court approved discrimination based on nationality by allowing Kuwait Airways to refuse flying Israelis, because the company risked repercussions in Kuwait, ignoring that it operates internationally.

Benjamin Weinthal : Germany's judicial system in 2017: 1) German courts justify argument of Palestinians for torching a synagogue in Germany.  2) Today, a German court said Kuwait Airways can discriminate against Israelis.

Via Ynet News:
A German court ruled Thursday that Kuwait's national airline didn't have to transport an Israeli citizen because the carrier would face legal repercussions at home if it did.

The Frankfurt state court noted in its decision that Kuwait Airways is not allowed to have contracts with Israelis under Kuwaiti law because of the Middle Eastern country's boycott of Israel.

The court said it didn't evaluate whether "this law make sense," but that the airline risked repercussions that were "not reasonable" for violating it, such as fines or prison time for employees.

An Israeli citizen, identified in court papers as Adar M., a student living in Germany, sued Kuwait Airways after it canceled his booking for a flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok that included a stop-over in Kuwait City. 
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Germany: Non-Jewish teen honored for standing up to neo-Nazis


Via Times of Israel:

A non-Jewish German teenager from Dresden has been honored by the Jewish community for standing up to neo-Nazis at her school.

The 15-year-old, known as Emilia S., received the Prize for Civic Courage against Right-wing Radicalism, Anti-Semitism and Racism on Tuesday from the Jewish community of Berlin and the Association for the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

(...)
She told reporters she had been afraid to stand up to her classmate alone, but changed her mind after he started circulating anti-Semitic images via cellphone chats.

“The most horrible one was a picture of smoke with the caption ‘Jewish family photo.’ I reacted and said they should cut out the Nazi stuff,’” Emilia recalled.

Her classmates laughed at her, and then the person who had shared the images started sending texts about how Emilia “wanted to emigrate to Poland” and how she had “inhaled too many dead Jews.”

Emilia said she planned to share the prize money of 2000 euros, about $2,300, with a 14-year-old Jewish boy in Berlin whose family moved him to another public school earlier this year after classmates harassed him physically and verbally.

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UK: 'Gay Times' editor suspended over string of anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist tweets


Via Sun:
THE newly-appointed editor of Gay Times has been suspended over a shocking series of anti-Semitic, racist and disability-mocking tweets.

Josh Rivers was handed the role less than a month ago after being promoted from marketing manager of the magazine.

He has now apologised for the tweets - which have since been deleted - but has been suspended pending an investigation.

One tweet read: "I wonder if they cast that guy as 'The Jew' because of that f****** ridiculously larger honker of a nose. It must be prosthetic. Must be."

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Europe: K. von Schnurbein: In Brussels "you know that something is Jewish because there is a military in front and there is no sign on the house"

Via European Jewish Press:
(...) As [the EU] Coordinator in the fight against anti-Semitism, she has to address all the various forms of this phenomenon: right-wing extremism, left-wing anti-Semitism, anti-Semitism within the Muslim community but also increasingly from the centre of the society. She also deals with the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Desinvestment and Sanctions) actions on university campuses and their  consequences on Jewish students. 
Katharina von Schnurbein also stresses the importance of raising the awareness about anti-Semitism among the general population. "In Germany, for example, 78% of the general population thinks that anti-Semitism is not a problem… while 77% of German Jews, almost the same percentage,  think that anti-Semitism is a worrying phenomenon on the rise." (...)

"We know that anti-Semitism is on the rise. Figures in every country don’t necessarily show that it went up but there is a large under-reporting and especially what I have noticed from travelling and talking to the Jewish communities across Europe, is the amount of fear. People are afraid even to go out on the street, of course it differs among member states. In some member states you will still have some Jewish infrastructures that do not need security. But if you look for example here in Brussels, you know that something is Jewish because there is a military in front and there is no sign on the house. Also particularly worrying is the fact that Jews are thinking about leaving Europe… It is very shocking."

The EU will conduct in May next year a large survey of the perceptions of the Jewish community about anti-Semitism and about their general situation. It will be done by the Fundamental Rights Agency which made a similar survey in 2015. "We will reach out to all the Jewish communities across the member states to make sure that we have a good sample and that we take the correct measure of how the situation is," says von Schnurbein. (...)

For Katharina von Schnurbein, however, the ultimate goal must be "normality" for the Jewish communities. "While we have security measures, in the end we must come to a situation where Jews, either observant or secular, can  live the lives they want to live, including when they send their kids to schools, whether Jewish schools or public schools. When they are in Jewish schools they don’t  have to go through security measures and when they are in public schools they shouldn’t be harassed for being Jewish. It is our benchmark and our compass..."

"When I go to a church there is no security. No need. It shouldn’t be needed in front of a synagogue but of course for the moment it is needed. I think it is sad. It is good that governments have stepped up security, it is absolutely necessary, but if we want to fight anti-Semitism, I think we should have high goals."
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

France: Parisian teacher fined 1,500 euros for saying 'Jews organized the Holocaust'

Via Jerusalem Post:
 A French court fined a teacher from a Parisian high school €1,500 last week for making anti-Semitic remarks including that the Jews “planned and organized the Holocaust.”

The ruling was welcomed by the World Zionist Organization on Tuesday.

According to an AFP report, the English teacher from the Lycée Janson de Sailly school made the anti-Semitic comments in 2016 on her Facebook account, which is accessible to students.

The court found her guilty of denying crimes against humanity and of racial defamation. She was also ordered to pay 500 Euros in damages to several organizations who brought the civil action, including SOS Racisme and the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism.
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Czech Republic: "Jews, homosexuals and Roma should be gassed," said an influential extreme right wing politician


Via Britské listy:
"Jews, gays and Roma should be gassed," said Jaroslav Staník, the secretary of the ultra-right wing Czech populist party "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) and a close collaborator of the party leader Tomio Okamura, in parliament. Because of such statements, Staník got embroiled in a verbal conflict with the Czech Social Democratic Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Michaela Marksová-Tominová and some other MPs. The conflict took place in one of the restaurants in the Czech Parliament, which are not accessible to the public.

"As I entered the restaurant, he said 'You are that Marx-Engels minister. You support homosexuals.' He added that they should be gassed and liquidated. I remonstrated with him verbally," said the minister, adding that Staník was heavily drunk.

Marek Černoch, MP for Úsvit, said that Staník's statements were even worse. "He demanded that all homosexuals, Roma, and Jews should be shot immediately after they have been born. He also verbally attacked the women that were present with gross insults."

Several other witnesses have confirmed that Staník demanded the gassing of Jews and Roma.

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Europe: Palestinian diplomat shocks European Parliament with outrageous Holocaust reference

Via European Jewish Press (Yossi Lempkowicz, Editor-in-Chief):
British MEP David Campbell-Bannerman hosted Wednesday an event in the European Parliament in Brussels marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, in cooperation with the AJC Transatlantic Institute and the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Among the speakers were Israel’s EU ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar, Gillian Merron, Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Isaac Jacobson of the American Jewish Committee and Toby Greene of BICOM.

During the event, pro-Palestinian activists sitting in the room, expressed their displeasure of the conference by deploying a large banner bearing Palestinian flags, by shouting "Free Palestine" and by calling for Britain to apologize for the Declaration. This led other people in the audience to respond "long life Israel". Security agents brought the demonstrators out of the room.

But when a Palestinian representative in Brussels took the floor during the Q/A session to describe the Balfour Declaration as the "Holocaust of the Palestinians", this was too much…

To compare the Balfour Declaration which was issued in a time of growing anti-Semitism in Europe and in the context of the collapse of empires, to the systematic extermination of six million Jews, is simply outrageous and unacceptable as Daniel Schwammenthal, Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute, rightly stated.

Yes, the European Parliament is the place for democratic debates about various world issues. But it can’t be used to make such statements which are tantamount to denying the  importance of the Shoah. Isn’t this pure anti-Semitism?

Some weeks ago, in the same European Parliament, former Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled used a platform to praise extremist violence and demonize Jews.  She glorified terrorism and trivialized the Holocaust.  "Don’t you see a similarity between Nazi actions and Zionist actions in Gaza?," she declared. "While the Nazis were tried in Nuremberg, no one has ever tried the Zionists," she said. How can this be allowed without sanctions?
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Daniel Schwammenthal, Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute, responds to the outrageous Holocaust reference made by Adel Atieh, Deputy Chief of the Palestinian Mission to the EU. The incident occurred on 8 November 2017, the eve of Kristallnacht, at a Balfour Centenary symposium in the European Parliament in Brussels.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

France: Flyers handed out calling for the killing of Jews at Paris suburb of Clichy


Rémi Muzeau, the mayor (Les Républicains) of the Paris suburb of Clichy, revealed that he has in his possession leaflets calling for the killing of Jews.  

They were found on the streets and state: "If you meet a Jew, kill him". 

Rémi Muzeau organised a protest against the illegal muslim 'prayers' in the street attended by about 100 mayors was interviewed by LCI.

Video of the mayor interview with English subtitles here.

Background: 
French mayor leads protest to stop Muslim worshippers praying in street 

Poland: 60,000 participate in nationalist march amid shouts of ‘Jews out’

Via JTA:
Far-right marchers shouted “Jews out” and other racist slogans at Independence Day events in Poland, drawing condemnation from Jewish groups.

At the March of Independence in Warsaw on Saturday, participants held signs with racist slogans, including “White Europe, Europe must be white.” Some shouted “Sieg Heil” and “Remove Jewry from power.” Among the marchers were individuals who wore masks, waved red-and-white Polish flags and burned flares.

Police estimated that 60,000 people participated in the annual march, which is organized by nationalist groups and marked 99 years of Polish independence. A small minority of the marchers came from outside of Poland.

Poland’s interior minister expressed pride in the event.

“It was a beautiful sight,” Mariusz Błaszczak said. “We are proud that so many Poles have decided to take part in a celebration connected to the Independence Day holiday.”

Culture Minister Piotr Gliński condemned the slogans and banners that mentioned race without referring to anti-Semitism.

“We do not support such slogans,” he said, referencing what he termed “use of ethnic and racist terminology to describe the concept of the Polish nation.”

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Germany: Karl Lagerfeld says Germany 'cannot kill millions of Jews so you can bring millions of their worst enemies in their place"

Via The Daily Mail:
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has sparked outrage by evoking the Holocaust as he attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for opening the country's borders to migrants.

The 84-year-old German said his country 'cannot - even if there are decades between them - kill millions of Jews so you can bring millions of their worst enemies in their place'. He added while speaking on a French television show: 'I know someone in Germany who took a young Syrian and after four days said, "The greatest thing Germany invented was the Holocaust"'.

Several hundred people lodged official complaints about Lagerfeld's comments, the French media regulator said Monday after he appeared on the 'Salut les terriens!' (Hello Earthlings!) talkshow on the C8 channel on Saturday.

The veteran Chanel designer, who was born in Hamburg just as Adolf Hitler came to power, had earlier lambasted Merkel for taking more than one million asylum seekers since the migrant crisis of 2015.  
'Merkel had already millions and millions (of immigrants) who are well integrated and who work and all is well... she had no need to take another million to improve her image as the wicked stepmother after the Greek crisis,' said Lagerfeld.

'Suddenly we see the pastor's daughter,' he said in reference to Merkel's father, who was a Protestant minister in the former East Germany.

Lagerfeld, who is rarely afraid of controversy, said he was going to 'say something horrific' before criticising the chancellor for the 'huge error' of accepting so many refugees from war-torn Syria and elsewhere.

'Look at France, the land of human rights, which has taken, I don't know, 10,000 or 20,000,' he added.
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Sweden: Islamist-inspired antisemitism is spiraling out of control

Via The Jerusalem Post (Ilya Meyer):
(...) For instance, Sweden is probably the only Western, nominally democratic country that is currently engaged in multiple wars, all financed by an extremist government that freely uses Swedish tax revenues to further its political agenda at home and abroad.

The Swedish government’s first war is against Israel. The day after it took office in 2014, the government announced its recognition of something called “Palestine,” with absolutely no strings attached.

No demands for a stop to the Palestinian Authority’s antisemitism, genocidal violence against Jews, indoctrination of vulnerable young Arab children, and abuse of sporting, educational and cultural contexts to vilify the Jewish State of Israel.

Sweden could have stopped all this by conditioning its financial and diplomatic aid on an end to such activities. Instead, the Swedish government actively chose not to impose any such conditions on the use of Swedish tax revenues.

The Swedish government’s second war is against all measures that have any chance of bringing about coexistence or peace for Israel. Sweden actively supports efforts to encourage Palestinian Arab intransigence, including massive funding of educational and cultural activities that condemn new generations of Arab children to an upbringing steeped in hatred and racism.

The Freedom Theatre is just one way in which Sweden ensures that future generations of Arab children remain firmly stuck in the moral morass of antisemitism, hatred, violence and rejection of peaceful coexistence.

The Swedish government’s third war is against its own Jewish citizens and their indelible links to their families in Israel.

This can be seen perhaps most clearly in the actions of former Swedish housing minister Mehmet Kaplan, who announced his first policy decision back in autumn 2014 as – I quote – the “liberation of Jerusalem.” The Jewish city of Jerusalem – all of Jerusalem, was to be liberated from Jews, by Muslims. As the official foreign policy of the Swedish government. On its first day in power. (...)
Islamist-inspired antisemitism in Sweden is spiraling out of control, including public calls in some mosques to – I quote – “kill the Jews wherever they are found.”

This kind of rabid antisemitism from a sizable Islamist minority has been routinely ignored as just “the jargon of that culture,” while identical antisemitic sentiments uttered by a tiny, idiotic neo-Nazi minority have attracted loud government condemnation. The discrepancy in responses is remarkable. Yet despite Sweden’s ongoing domestic social implosion, the only consistent government policy does not even relate to domestic issues but to a foreign one – namely criticism of Israel.
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UK: Jewish woman, 70, attacked in London by assailant shouting ‘Jew’ in Polish

JTA:
A 70-year-old Jewish woman was hospitalized with a concussion after being attacked by an assailant who called her “Zyd,” Polish for “Jew.”

The male attacker smashed her head into a brick wall while shouting “Zyd” during the attack on Saturday afternoon in London’s Stamford Hill neighborhood, which has a large Orthodox Jewish population, the London-based Campaign Against Anti-Semitism reported on its website.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

UK: Labour candidate: "What have the Jews done good in this world?"

Via Guido Fawkes:
Labour has shortlisted as a potential candidate a woman who posted online: “what have the Jews done good in this world?”. Nasreen Khan, a former RESPECT activist now a Labour member, is on a two person shortlist to fight a council seat in Bradford next year. Khan has previously posted:
“It’s such a shame that the history teachers in our school never taught us this but they are the first to start brainwashing us and our children into thinking the bad guy was Hitler. What have the Jews done good in this world?”
Khan also said:
“The Jews have reaped the rewards of playing victims. Enough is enough!”
Last night Khan said her comments were “inappropriate and unacceptable”. A Labour spokesman said the party does not comment on selections. Unbelievable that Labour won’t comment on this…
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UK: Prince Charles asked who will "stand up and take on the Jewish lobby in US" - has "dodgy views on Israel"

"Surely some US president has to have the courage to stand up and take on the Jewish lobby in US? I must be naive, I suppose!" (Prince Charles, Nov. 24, 1986))
Via The Daily Mail: 
Prince Charles was fiercely criticised last night after it emerged he once urged the US to ‘take on the Jewish lobby’ – and blamed ‘the influx of foreign Jews’ for causing unrest in the Middle East.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal the incendiary comments are contained in a letter in which the Prince lays bare his thoughts on one of the world’s most bloody disputes.

Writing to his close friend Laurens van der Post in 1986, the Prince makes a startling assessment of the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

He argues it was the exodus of European Jews in the middle of the last century that ‘helped to cause the great problems’. He goes on to say terrorism in the region will only end when its causes are eliminated. 

He then expresses the hope a US President will find the courage to stand up to the American ‘Jewish lobby’. 
The term ‘Jewish lobby’ is considered by many to be anti-Semitic – suggesting wealthy Jews in the US operate behind the scenes to exercise undue influence over government policy.  (..)

Last night, Stephen Pollard, influential editor of The Jewish Chronicle, said: ‘To me this is the most astonishing element of the Prince’s letter. The “Jewish lobby” is one of the anti-Semitic themes that have endured for centuries. It is this myth there are these very powerful Jews who control foreign policy or the media or banks or whatever.’

Mr Pollard described the letter as ‘jaw-droppingly shocking’, adding: ‘That they [the Prince’s comments] come from the heir to the throne is unsettling, to put it mildly.’

While the letter is inflammatory, there is no suggestion Charles holds anti-Semitic views. He has many prominent Jewish friends and in 2013 became the first Royal to attend a chief rabbi’s inauguration ceremony. In a speech that year, he expressed concern at the apparent rise of anti-Semitism in Britain.

In the past it has been reported that the Prince is privately critical of US policy in the Middle East, with one diplomatic source accusing him of having ‘fairly dodgy views on Israel’.

Charles has always enjoyed a close and supportive relationship with the Jewish community in Britain. 
At the same time, he is seen as a defender of Islam, with one historian noting that no other major Western figure has as high a standing in the Muslim world. 

It has also been suggested he has pro-Palestinian leanings, a perception the letter appears to support. (...)

In 1993, Charles delivered what was then considered to be the most pro-Islamic speech ever made by a member of the Royal Family. 

He said: ‘Islam can teach us today a way of understanding and living in the world which Christianity is poorer for having lost.’ 

He added: ‘These two worlds, the Islamic and the Western, are at something of a crossroads in their relations. We must not let them stand apart.’

In 2003, it was reported the Prince had not been to the US for the previous six years on Foreign Office advice, largely because of his criticism of US policy in the Middle East. 

A diplomatic source said at the time the Prince had ‘in American terms and international terms, fairly dodgy views on Israel. He thinks American policy in the Middle East is complete madness.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sweden: Public TV refuses to air major antisemitism documentary

Via Algemeiner (by Ben Cohen):
Audiences in Israel are currently flocking to see a Swedish film about the relationship between terrorism and antisemitism that Swedish national TV, which partly financed the production, continues to refuse to screen. 
“Watching the Moon at Night,” directed by the veteran Swedish documentary-maker Bo Persson, will be playing to a sold-out audience at Jerusalem’s Cinematheque on Monday night, following screenings this week in Tel Aviv. The 90-minute documentary has been shown at film festivals in 12 different countries since its release in 2015, but Sweden’s national public television, SVT, has refused to air it because of pressure from a small group of executives who object to the portraits of Israeli victims of terrorism in the film, Persson told The Algemeiner on Friday. 
“Many people in Sweden were shaken by this decision,” Persson said. “Sweden is a fairly open and democratic society, so when Swedish TV decides to cancel a film that they themselves were involved with, that leaves people shocked and bewildered.” 
Persson said that the bulk of the film’s financing had been provided by the prestigious Swedish Film Institute, which continues to support the director in his dispute with SVT. He also alleged that editors in SVT‘s documentary film department had breached the broadcaster’s guidelines concerning the editorial independence of outside contributors.  
Persson said that he and his colleague Joanna Helander spent five years working on the film, which includes harrowing interviews with survivors and relatives of terror attacks and insightful analysis from some of the leading scholars of antisemitism. Dan Alon, a fencer who survived the 1972 Palestinian terrorist atrocity against Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, features prominently, as does Arnold Roth, whose 15 year-old daughter Malki was murdered in a Palestinian suicide bombing attack on a Jerusalem pizza restaurant in 2001. Among the authorities on antisemitism who appear are two leading academics who have passed away in the last two years — Professor Robert Wistrich of the Hebrew University, and Andre Glucksmann, the French philosopher and writer.
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Friday, November 10, 2017

Germany: University removes pig-eared Einstein picture

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):
The picture shows Albert Einstein with pig’s ears, an antisemitic theme that was first depicted in 13th-century Germany.

Protests from a local Jewish community and a student group at the University of Göttingen prompted an art exhibit in the cafeteria to be dismantled on Friday because of allegations of antisemitism and sexism.

The Göttingen Jewish community, in a letter to the university, criticized the exhibit’s main picture, German media reported on Wednesday. The picture shows Albert Einstein with pig’s ears, an antisemitic theme that was first depicted in 13th-century Germany.
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Netherlands: Prosecutors say calling Israeli kids ‘Zionist terrorists’ not incitement

Via JTA (by Cnaan Liphshiz):
Calling Israeli children “Zionist terrorists in training” and “future child murderers and occupiers” does not constitute incitement to hate, Dutch prosecutors said.

The Public Prosecution Service decided Wednesday not to prosecute Abdoe Khoulani, a city councilman in The Hague, on the basis of a criminal complaint filed against him over statements he made in May about schoolchildren from Israel who visited his city, the Telegraaf daily reported.

The service cited how Zionists are “indistinguishable” from other people by race, complexion or origins. Khoulani would have been prosecuted had he spoken about Jews, the service also said. Furthermore, the decision said, schoolchildren did not complain themselves against Khoulani, making it procedurally difficult to prosecute him for intending to cause them offense. 
The youth movement of the Reformed Political Party, which hosted the visiting Israeli Young Ambassadors program in The Hague, filed the complaint with police against Khoulani for hate speech. Facebook has removed the post with his remarks. 
But the prosecution service said it would prosecute Khoulani, who represents the Islamist Party of Unity and is Muslim, for repeatedly insulting Anneke Brons, who has defended Israel on social media and criticized his comment about the children. 
In one message, he called Brons a “blonde bitch.” 
Khoulani continued: “And you know what you should do, Anneke? You should leave the Netherlands immediately and go live in an Israeli colony. Happily steal Palestinian land and see Palestinian children being shot dead. That’s what you should do. You belong there. With the Zionist scum.”
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Related:
Netherlands: Defender of Israel harassed by Dutch-Muslim politician
Netherlands: Muslim council politician calls Israeli school children future child murderers

UK: The Finsbury Park Mosque and Hamas – A cracking joke

Via Harry's Place (by Habibi):
I didn’t know the Finsbury Park Mosque was good at humour. Oh my, it is, and how. The Times has reported that one of the mosque’s trustees, Mohammed Sawalha, is a ruling member of Hamas. ITIC has much more. 
Oh, say it ain’t so. Voila! From The Independent:
Asked how Mr Sawalha’s position in Hamas squared with Finsbury Park Mosque’s values, a spokesperson said: “We were not aware about this news till recently made public in [The Times].
“We are looking at the situation and the mosque will be issuing a statement in the next couple of days.
“We would like to confirm that the mosque has no relationship with Hamas.”
Perhaps the mosque could “look at the situation” by going back over a decade to a BBC Panorama report which called Mr Sawalha a “fugitive Hamas commander”. Yes, he has been it at for that long. All the way back to the 1990s, in fact, when he settled in this country. 
The mosque may also wish to consult its leader Mohammed Kozbar. Here he is with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.
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Netherlands: Jewish journalist accused of being an Israeli spy in the Dutch parliament

Via JTA (b
 
 
 
 
 
 
Above all, I am saddened by the fact that the query accusing me of treason or disloyalty came from a party that represents mainly immigrants from the Middle East. It shouldn’t go unnoticed that our common enemies accuse them of the exactly the same thing.

On a personal level, I wonder what the people I interview – and more crucially for my extensive travels, immigration officers with no knowledge of the affair — might think when they Google my name, only to find an accusation on the Dutch parliament’s website that I am a spy. Or what an Islamist terrorist in search of a quality target might think upon reading my name — singled out publicly by his favorite party — which is also listed in the Dutch White Pages.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

UK: Israeli businessman claims anti-Semitic 'hounding' in Scotland

Via BBC:
An Israeli businessman in Aberdeen has claimed he is being hounded by campaigners he describes as anti-Semitic protestors who want to force him and his family out of Scotland.
Nissan Ayalon, who sells Israeli cosmetics, compared his treatment to "a game of chase the Jew".  
However, the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign insist they are not racist or anti-Semitic. They said they were only objecting to the selling of Israeli products. 
Mr Ayalon sells products made with Dead Sea minerals from stalls in shopping centres.
He previously had stalls in Belfast and Glasgow, but felt forced to close them down, and moved to Aberdeen where he said the treatment had continued. 
Mr Ayalon told BBC Scotland: "It's like I don't have the right to exist. I have to justify my existence. I have to ask for permission to live, to walk to work. 
"We were accused of murdering, mass murdering, slaughter, criminals, we were called criminal enterprise. We were called baby killers.  
"There is nowhere else for me to go. I love it here, where is my equal opportunity?" (...)
Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW) is an organisation which was set up to address a claimed rise in anti-Semitism in the UK. 
JHRW's Robert Festenstein said: "If you target a Jewish man and drive him from Belfast to Glasgow, and then from Glasgow to Aberdeen, and then try and drive them from there, however you claim you might not be anti-Semitic it's impossible not to acknowledge the truth. 
"And it's not enough for them to say we're only interested in the product he's selling. 
"It's about as serious a case as we've found."
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Spain clamors for a 'two-state solution' — but not in Catalonia

The Boston Globe (Jeff Jacoby):
In an Oct. 1 referendum, the people of Catalonia voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Spain, the nation that has occupied their homeland for generations. Madrid did everything it could to prevent Catalonia from legitimizing its quest for independence by ballot, including sending thousands of troops to block polling places. In the ensuing violence, voters were beaten with clubs, dragged by their hair, and shot with rubber bullets. Nearly 900 civilians were treated for injuries.

Since the election-day assault, the Spanish government has doubled down on its opposition to Catalan self-determination. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, invoking Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, is claiming the right to remove Catalonia's elected officials from office and assume direct control from Madrid. A senior cabinet minister warned Monday that Spain will use force, if necessary, to compel Catalonia to submit.

Why such hostility to the Catalan yearning for self-determination? The people of Catalonia are a distinctive population, with their own culture, language, and customs. Shouldn't their sovereignty be peacefully conferred, rather than brutally resisted?

In other words, shouldn't Spain accept a two-state solution?

After all, the Spanish government unhesitatingly proclaims support for Palestinian sovereignty. Spain's leaders, such as former foreign minister Trinidad Jimenez, insist that the key to Middle East peace "depends on the coexistence of two states." In 2014 Spanish lawmakers adopted a resolution recognizing Palestine as a state and urging the European Union to do the same. 
How can Spain, so ready to endorse a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, aggressively oppose one for its conflict with Catalonia?
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Spain: Concerns over growing incidents of anti-Semitism directed against local Jews

Via The Times of Israel:
Meeting with leaders of the Jewish community of Madrid on Sunday, President Reuven Rivlin pledged Israel’s support in the fight against anti-Semitism and celebrated 100 years of resurgent Jewish presence in the country.

Rivlin took part in an event at Madrid’s Ibn Gabirol School to mark 100 years since the reestablishment of the nation’s Jewish community after the expulsion of 1492. (...)

"The community here today is a magnificent community, with tens of thousands of members of all ages,” he said. “Jewish life on the Iberian Peninsula, which was cut off more than 500 years ago, is now full of life, and this is a great joy. This is a great victory for history and the spirit of the Jewish people.”

He added that he was aware of the community’s concerns over growing incidents of anti-Semitism directed against local Jews.

“According to the Spanish interior minister’s report on anti-Semitism, in recent years there has been a rise of hundreds of percent in manifestations of anti-Semitism in Spain,” and said.

“We must not surrender to anti-Semitism, we must fight it. I am pleased that the Spanish government is taking steps in legislation and enforcement against this ugly phenomenon. We must not be ashamed of or hide our identity.

“I know that there are concerns, and fears of terrorism against Jews, and of anti-Semitism which poses as criticism against Israel. We will fight these challenges together,” he said.
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France: Dog saves Jewish family from ‘anti-Semitic’ suspected arson in their home

Via JTA: 
The members of a Jewish family have their dog to thank for their escape from a fire police believe was intentionally set in their home in the Paris area, an anti-racism group said.

The family was awakened after midnight Friday night by the dog’s insistent barking to discover that their front door was on fire, with smoke rapidly filling up the interior of their apartment in the southeastern suburb of Creteil, the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, reported Sunday.

Someone had doused the door in a highly flammable liquid at set it alight, police concluded, according to the case report of the BNVCA. The family told police they suspected an Arab neighbor, who BNVCA said has expressed extremist and anti-Semitic views online. Police detained the neighbor in connection with the incident, which BNVCA is calling anti-Semitic.

Last week, an unidentified person set the family’s car on fire. Witnesses saw a man wearing a hoodie set it alight, according to the BNVCA report.

“The incident confirms BNVCA’s observation that anti-Semitic acts that began as targeting property belonging to Jews (synagogues, schools, community centers) or as assaults on people on the street have evolved into attacks on Jews inside their own homes,” the group wrote.

In 2014, Creteil saw an anti-Semitic incident that horrified many French Jews, in which three men broke into a Jewish family’s home because they assumed they would have money due to their ethnicity. Encountering a young couple inside the home, one armed suspect guarded the woman’s boyfriend and another took his credit card to a cash machine while a third raped the woman. The victims said the assailants insulted them with anti-Semitic slurs.

Coming amid a major increase in anti-Semitic violence in France accompanying Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza that year, the incident echoed for many the traumatic murder and torture in 2006 of Ilan Halimi, a Jewish phone salesman who was abducted by a gang led by a career criminal with a history of targeting mostly Jewish victims.

Earlier this year, Sarah Halimi, a physician and kindergarten, was murdered inside her home by an Islamist neighbor whom prosecutors say was motivated by anti-Semitic hatred. She was not a relative of Ilan Halimi.

Some French Jews regard the murder of Ilan Halimi as the turning point in the emergence of an unprecedented wave of violence against Jews in France and Belgium, where more than 12 people have died since 2012 in at least three jihadist attacks on Jewish targets.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Netherlands: New play about Anne Frank doesn’t mention Jews or Nazis


Via JTA (Cnaan Liphshiz):
A play that ignores Anne Frank’s Jewish identity and features an unfounded assault allegation against a Jew who hid with her is generating controversy in the Netherlands.

The play, which is slated to premiere Saturday in the Netherlands, is set in modern times and mentions neither the Nazis nor why they murdered Anne Frank, the teenage diarist who wrote her world-famous journal while hiding in German-occupied Amsterdam during the Holocaust.

A dress rehearsal last week attended by several critics included an invented assault by Fritz Pfeffer against Margot Frank, Anne Frank’s sister. Pfeffer was a real-life Jewish dentist who was in hiding with Frank and her family and died in the Holocaust. It has never been alleged that he assaulted Frank or anyone else.

Esther Voet, the editor-in-chief of the Dutch-Jewish weekly NIW and a former leader of the CIDI watchdog on anti-Semitism, condemned the play as “an unscrupulous falsification of history” in a scathing op-ed published Friday.

Apparently, “that pesky historical context, the one about the persecution of the Jews, that had to be done away with already,” she wrote of the play, which was produced by Arjen Stuurman and directed by Ilja Pfeijffer. It is titled “Achter het Huis,” a phrase that means “behind the house” and echoes the Dutch-language name that Frank gave the secret annex where she hid.

Voet also protested how Pfeijffer “pressed his fat thumb” on Pfeffer and “made him guilty of an act of violence. Presto: Drama!” Voet also wrote that it was “abjectly tasteless.” The play is the “latest expression of abuse of Anne Frank’s memory,” wrote Voet, citing other such abuses, including claims that Frank was a lesbian and her likening to Palestinians. (...)
Pfeijffer, who is also a poet, has a history of making controversial statements, including about Jews
Last year, he called Leon de Winter, a well-known Dutch-Jewish novelist and playwright who wrote for the Anne Frank Fonds a 2014 theater play about Anne Frank, a “militant Jew.”

That charge came in a column by Pfeijffer about Winter’s decision to leave his former publisher over its hiring of a Belgian author, Dyab Abou Jahjah. Abou Jahjah supports Hezbollah, has called for violence against Israelis and spoke of his “feeling of victory” following the 9/11 attacks. Abou Jahjah also called Antwerp, which has a large community of Orthodox Jews, the “international capital of the Zionist lobby,” according to NRC.

“Abou Jahjah speaks out for oppressed Palestinians and that makes him an anti-Semite for de Winter,” Pfeijffer wrote. He identified Abou Jahjah as “a founder of the Arab European League.” The now-defunct Muslim rights group a decade ago posted on its website a caricature of Anne Frank in bed with Adolf Hitler and another caricature suggesting the Holocaust never happened, which a judge ordered removed.

In 2015, Pfeijffer published a poem in the voice of a Palestinian man who lost his home and whose daughter was mutilated “by Jews who trampled on our holy land with boots that can do no wrong because they are of Jews, because of what went on before.”
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German soccer fans use photo of Anne Frank to mock rival team

Via JTA: 

Stickers showing a doctored photo of Anne Frank wearing a German soccer team’s jersey appeared in Dusseldorf, Germany, a week after a similar incident in Rome.

Fans of the Borussia Dortmund club are believed to have created the stickers showing the teenage Holocaust diarist in a Schalke team jersey. Borussia Dortmund reportedly has a number of neo-Nazis as part of its hardcore fan base.

Photos of the stickers were first posted on the German blog Ruhr Barone.de.
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Romania: 'Juden Raus' inscription found on railway station in Cluj

Via European Jewish Press:


An inscription "Juden Raus" (Jews out) was found this week on one of the pillars of the railway station in Cluj, a city in northwestern Romania. Police have been notified.

The MCA Romania - The Center for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism in Romania has addressed a complaint to the Romanian railways, the General Prosecutor of Romania and the Ministry of Transportations.

But according to Jewish journalist Andrea Ghita, the inscription was still there on Friday. "The station administration and the Romanian Railways do not seem to care a about the inscriptions and anti-Semitic symbols that pollute the platform," she said.

She recalled that on the wall of the Cluj railway station there is a plaque in memory of the 16,000 Jews deported from this city by the Nazis to Auschwitz in the summer of 1944.

"We hope that the perpetrators will be quickly discovered but judging from recent incidents such as the profanation of cemeteries and other anti-Semitic, anti-Hungarian or anti-Roma inscriptions, I have no hope that they will be identified," Ghita, who said she was worried by these incidents,  said. She mentioned in particular anti-Semitic graffiti and Holocaust-denying messages found last June on the façade of the Synagogue in Cluj. (...)

Today only 400 Jews live in Cluj and several thousand in the rest of Romania, both due to the Holocaust and the departure of many Jews to Israel under the communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu.
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Netherlands: Antisemitic inciter only gets a small fine by Public Prosecutor

Via Bad News From the Netherlands blog
A pizza baker, Rachid El H., tweeted in 2012 extreme antisemitic messages including: “Only answer for Israel: Total extermination of the cockroaches” and “Hitler wasn’t much compared to the Israelis. Somebody should have taken over Hitler’s task of sixty years ago.”  
In 2017 Dutch public TV, NOS, interviewed Rachid about fighting polarization in the Netherlands, but the NOS didn’t vet him or check his extreme hate mongering.  The public prosecutor has proposed to Rachid that he pay 250 Euro and will be free of further prosecution.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Netherlands: Novelist raises questions about husband of Dutch minister

Via Bad News From the Netherlands blog:
Dutch novelist Leon de Winter has written an article in which he says that the appointment of Sigrid Kaag (D66 Party) as Minister of Foreign Trade and Development raises major questions.  
Kaag is married to a Palestinian ambassador who for eight years was a deputy minister of the highly corrupt Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. He says that the paying of Dutch tax money by Kaag’s ministry to the Palestinian Authority, with which her husband is closely related, is problematic.  
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France: Once again memorial plaque to murdered French Jew vandalised

The first time was in 2015:
Memorial to Murdered French Jew Ilan Halimi Vandalized

Via European Jewish Congress:
Ilan Halimi
A memorial plaque in the Paris suburb of Bagneux in memory of the French Jewish youth Ilan Halimi, who was tortured and murdered in 2006, was defaced with antisemitic inscriptions. 
The plaque, which is in a park, was discovered on Wednesday morning by a couple walking in the area, Bagneux’s mayor, Marie-Hélène Amiable, said. 
A swastika with the slogan ‘Free Fofana’, the name of the man who headed the gang which murdered Halimi, as well as the word ‘Hitler’ were written on the plaque.
The desecration was widely condemned including by the mayor, the interior minister and the CRIF umbrella organisation of French Jews, the country’s EJC affiliate. 
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Ilan Halimi was re-buried in Jerusalem.  

Europe: Contemporary anti-Semitism offers us a stunning paradox

Via Standpoint Magazine (Professor Robert Wistrich (1945-2015):
Contemporary anti-Semitism offers us a stunning paradox. Never has it seemed so unfashionable to be an anti-Semite, so politically unacceptable and incorrect, even beyond the pale. And never, since 1945 have Jewish communities been so fearful of its eruption and the State of Israel so concerned about it. The official consensus is amazing, almost too good to be true. Successive Popes have condemned anti-Semitism, using terms like "never again". Governments fight it and some even legislate - especially against Holocaust denial. The Organisation for Security & Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) has organised successive conferences against it - in Vienna, Berlin, Cordoba and Bucharest. The US State Department is obligated by Congress to monitor anti-Semitism. In the UK, a parliamentary committee issued a detailed report on it. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has also begun seriously to address the subject and now sees it as an element of policy, international relations, state-to-state relations. And I was interviewed not long ago on Al-Jazeera, the Arab news TV channel, and given every opportunity to refute the Holocaust-deniers and even to discuss Arab anti-Semitism. So what is going on?  
Is it not remarkable that in the European Union (which some call Eurabia) so many government leaders and officials are eager to pronounce their abhorrence of racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and xenophobia, though levels of Jewish anxiety about Jew-hatred have never been so high since 1945? Is it not ironic that the memory of the Holocaust is so frequently and respectfully evoked - especially by European politicians, intellectuals, academics, journalists, churchmen and shapers of opinion - at the very time when Israel-bashing has become a Europe-wide popular sport which has achieved global resonance? And how is it that the UN solemnly commemorates the Shoah yet remains - despite some improvements - a world forum for vicious anti-Zionist incitement against Israel? 
There is no single, monolithic anti-Semitism that we face in all these cases, but rather a cluster of loosely related phenomena - some of them irritants of the common cold variety and others potentially lethal. I do not believe there is a single master strategy to deal with these disparate ailments. But establishing priorities is clearly important. One obvious point is that we have to take into account national differences - the specific challenge in each country will necessarily reflect its history, culture, politics and the character of its Jewish communities. Another is that Jews cannot fight anti-Semitism alone - they need allies who will change response to the specific type of anti-Semitism and the conditions prevailing in a given society. 
The most dangerous form of anti-Semitism today is that of radical Islam. Islamism cannot be dismissed as "extreme" because it has become increasingly mainstream. It directly threatens 5.3m Jews in Israel with annihilation. It is a danger to Europe, to America, to the whole world. The usual educational and political methods will not work because Islamist anti-Semitism is tied in to jihad (holy war), international terrorist networks and global ambitions. Petro-dollars, the cult of death and martyrdom and messianic fanatical fervour give it an especially dangerous edge. It is suicidal and genocidal at the same time. In Iran, radical Islamism is linked to preparing the next planned genocide (with Israel as a prime target) - in other words, Holocaust II while denying Holocaust I. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, could become an imitation Hitler with nuclear weapons unless Israel or the US and the "international community" stop him. But the Muslim Arab countries which need to worry about Iran as much as Israel does (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the Gulf States, Jordan) are also major purveyors of anti-Semitism - as are Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority. The Iranian, Hamas and Hiz-bollah style of anti-Semitism can in my view be qualified as "exterminationist" or "eliminationist" in spirit. Already 20 years ago, in a book entitled Hitler's Apocalypse, I called this threat "apocalyptic" anti-Semitism and presented Khomeini's Iran as the heir of Nazi Germany, long before it became fashionable to do so. The popularity of European imports like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the widespread use of the Christian blood libel in the Muslim mass media, strengthen the feeling that here we are confronting a danger that is potentially, at least, on a par with that of the 1930s.
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 This is the revised text of a lecture delivered at the Argentine Council of International Relations in Buenos Aires on August 7, 2008.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Europe’s anti-Semitism comes out of the shadows

Via The New York Times (2014):
Israeli coupled killed at the
Jewish museum in Brussels perpetrated
by Mehdi Nemmouche
From the immigrant enclaves of the Parisian suburbs to the drizzly bureaucratic city of Brussels to the industrial heartland of Germany, Europe’s old demon returned this summer. “Death to the Jews!” shouted protesters at pro-Palestinian rallies in Belgium and France. “Gas the Jews!” yelled marchers at a similar protest in Germany. 
The ugly threats were surpassed by uglier violence. Four people were fatally shot in May at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. A Jewish-owned pharmacy in this Paris suburb was destroyed in July by youths protesting Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. A synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany, was attacked with firebombs. The list goes on. 
The scattered attacks have raised alarm about how Europe is changing and whether it remains a safe place for Jews. An increasing number of Jews, if still relatively modest in total, are now migrating to Israel. Others describe “no go” zones in Muslim districts of many European cities where Jews dare not travel. 
But there is also concern about what some see as an insidious “softer” anti-Jewish bias, which they fear is creeping into the European mainstream and undermining the postwar consensus to root out anti-Semitism. Now the question is whether a subtle societal shift is occurring that has made anti-Jewish remarks or behavior more acceptable.
“The fear is that now things are blatantly being said openly, and no one is batting an eyelid,” said Jessica Frommer, 36, a secular Jew who works for a nonprofit organization in Brussels. “Modern Europe is based on stopping what happened in the Second World War. And now 70 years later, people standing near the European Parliament are shouting, ‘Death to Jews!' ”  (...)
The first happened the previous Sunday, Sept. 14, which marked the European Day of Jewish Culture. As people gathered to dedicate a plaque at a Holocaust memorial, youths hurled stones and bottles until the police arrived. Three days later, a fire erupted on an upper floor of a synagogue in the [Brussels] city’s Anderlecht district; the authorities are investigating the incident as arson.

Mehdi Nemmouche at the Museum
It was the May shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels — and the subsequent arrest of Mr. Nemmouche — that attracted international attention, as four people were killed, including two Israelis. But there have been smaller incidents that received less notice: a Turkish shop owner in Liège who posted a sign saying he would serve dogs but not Jews, a voice on the intercom of a commuter train that announced a stop as “Auschwitz” and ordered all Jews to get off. 
“This summer, I started to see the world in a different way,” said Marco Mosseri, 31, a native Italian who works in the automotive industry in Brussels. “I was scared. I spent several nights without sleep. For the first time, I was thinking that maybe I could die from my religion.” (...)
But Brussels also embodies the demographics transforming much of urban Europe, with generations of Muslim immigrants and their descendants now representing roughly a quarter of the population.
The Jewish community is small, about 20,000 people, most of them assimilated, secular Jews like Mr. Mosseri, who usually do not draw attention to their heritage. (A recent report issued jointly by two European Jewish organizations found that 40 percent of European Jews hide their Jewishness.) Now some secular Jews say they have stopped wearing a necklace with the Star of David, or allowing their children to wear T-shirts for a Jewish summer camp on public buses or trains.
And since the start of the conflict in Gaza this summer, many describe social media, especially Facebook, as a swamp of hatred.
“I have friends who are never political and they are posting things about Gaza every day,” said Ms. Frommer, the employee of the nonprofit organization. “It seems like an obsession. Is your obsession because you want to save children, or because you have a problem with Jews?”
In a city so devoted to politics, the issue of Israel can seem unavoidable to some Jews, even those who strive to be apolitical or tend to be critical of Israeli policy. Ms. Frommer grew up in Brussels, but then left for college in Britain, followed by a long stint working in Cambodia. When she returned to Brussels four years ago, she was struck by how much more polarized life seemed. Her Jewish friends were sticking closer together as office chatter now sometimes bore a sharper edge.
This summer, one of her Belgian colleagues repeatedly mentioned the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “He would often try to bring up the subject when I tried not to,” she said. “Then the subject would shift from Israel to Jews. Then it was, ‘Were there really six million Jews killed in the Second World War?’ ”  (...)
In Brussels, several pro-Palestinian marches were held this summer, most of which were peaceful, but a few bore an anti-Semitic edge, including shouts of “Death to Jews!” While Belgian politicians quickly condemned the shooting at the Jewish Museum, some Jews felt the response to the protests, including that of the center-left Socialists, was tepid at best.
“The Socialist Party is afraid, because of the votes here in Belgium,” said Dr. Maurice Sosnowski, an anesthesiologist and prominent Jewish leader in Brussels. “In Belgium, they are not willing to speak loudly, because there are a lot of Muslims.” 
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Yet again another European right wing politician.

Via Jewish Chronicle:
Nigel Farage has been criticised for referring to “a powerful Jewish lobby” operating in America. 
Mr Farage, who was presenting his phone-in show on the LBC network yesterday, took a call from someone identifying himself as “Ahmed” during a debate on Russian influence in last year’s US presidential election.

“How come there’s such an issue with Russia, and no one really highlighting AIPAC and the Israeli lobby and their involvement in American politics and elections”, the caller asked.

Mr Farage, referring to the “Israeli lobby”, responded by saying Ahmed had made “a reasonable point”.

He added: “There are about six million Jewish people living in America, so as a percentage it’s quite small, but in terms of influence its quite big. They have a voice within American politics, as indeed do the Hindu groups and many other groups in America. But I don’t think anybody is suggesting that the Israeli government tried to affect the result of the American elections.”

When the caller claimed Israel had Democrats and Republicans “in their pockets”, Mr Farage, the former leader of UKIP, responded: “In terms of money and influence they are a very powerful lobby”.

He went on to thank “Ahmed from Leyton”, who he said “makes the point that there are other very powerful lobbies in America, with the Jewish lobby, that has links with the Israeli government, is one of those strong voices”.

Social media users condemned Mr Farage’s comments.

“Nigel Farage spewing anti-Semitic conspiracies over the radio, nobody cares because he's right-wing”, one person tweeted, with another sarcastically saying “Nigel Farage slips into antisemitic tropes of Jewish power and wealth. Shocked, I tell you, shocked!”  
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Europe, believe Hezbollah – it’s exactly the terror organization it says it is

Via El País (Ted Deutch and Yair Lapid):
Last week, Congress passed House Resolution 359 which calls on the European Union to recognize the fact that Hezbollah, all of Hezbollah, is a terrorist organization. One of us initiated that resolution, and the other agrees with him wholeheartedly. But both of us are bewildered that the resolution was even necessary. How can anyone in Europe not believe that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization when Hezbollah itself confirms it over and over again? Not only through words, but through actions: assassinations, bombings, and rocket attacks.
Over the past six years Hezbollah has been the most significant military force alongside President Assad as he destroys his country and kills his own people. With thousands of Hezbollah fighters and commanders on the ground, they hold direct responsibility for a war that has left half a million people dead and eleven million people forced from their homes.
Hezbollah doesn’t hide its next intended target – Israel. The leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, has made it quite clear that his aim is not Palestinian independence, nor the creation of two states. Rather, the total destruction of Israel. He tells a story about an Egyptian journalist who asked him if he’s working towards the destruction of Israel. Nasrallah answered him plainly, “That is the principal objective of Hezbollah.” (...)
The absurdity is heightened when you consider that even the Arab League designates Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization. Muslim countries in the region, which can hardly be accused of being overly sympathetic to Israel, know full well there is no such distinction between its ‘wings.’ (...)
We urge the European Union to follow the lead of France and the Netherlands. Designate Hezbollah – all of Hezbollah – a terrorist organization. We need our partners to join the global coalition against Hezbollah and cut off its activities in Europe. Terrorism isn’t fought with words, it’s fought with actions.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Netherlands: Christian ex-PM uses Holocaust-era word to describe Israeli arrests of Palestinians

Yet again a European centre-right Christian politician.  Dries van Agt is not a leftist. His party is the Christian Democratic Appeal.

Via JTA:
A leader of Dutch Jews criticized a former prime minister of the Netherlands for using a word that is widely associated with the Holocaust to describe arrests by Israel of Palestinians.

Dries van Agt, a pro-Palestinian activist who in 2012 said Jews should have “gotten a piece of land in Germany” instead of Israel because “World War II had nothing to do with the Middle East,” used the word “razzia” on Twitter to describe the arrests of terror suspects last week.

No one died in the arrests.

Originating in Arabic, the word means invasion or raid. But according to Ronnie Eisenmann, a former leader of the Jewish Community of Amsterdam and current chairman of the pro-Israel Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, “it is mostly used in the Nazi context” in Dutch. (...)

Bart Vink, a representative of the left-leaning D66 party, which is relatively critical of Israel, also condemned Van Agt’s use of the word. “Your language, bias, and one-sidedness are objectionable,” Vink wrote to Van Agt on Twitter. “Again you are harming the Palestinian cause once more. Pity, they too deserve better.”

Van Agt served as prime minister in the early 1980s. In 2008, he spoke at a rally in Rotterdam in which Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh delivered a speech on video via satellite. 
Van Agt has said that he would accept the definition of Hamas as a terrorist organization only if the same definition applied to Israel. He also has called for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s arrest and trial for alleged war crimes.

Van Agt has faced accusations of anti-Semitism since the 1970s and has consistently denied them. 
In 1972, while serving as justice minister, Van Agt said: “I am only an Aryan,” in speaking to a journalist about his intention to bring about the release from prison of Nazi prisoners for health reasons.

After the statement’s publication caused a scandal, Van Agt said that he meant to say that the release would be difficult for him to achieve because his Jewish predecessor had, according to Van Agt, tried and failed.
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France: Terrorist’s father wins French human rights award

Via Algemeiner:
Knesset member Shuli Mualem-Rafaeli (HaBayit HaYehudi) has called on Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely to deny entry to Israel to lawmakers who took part in an awards ceremony that honored the father of a terrorist for his work as a human rights lawyer.

“We cannot show restraint,” Mualem-Rafaeli wrote in a letter to Hotovely, after an Israel Hayom report revealed that Muhammad Alyan, whose son killed three Israelis in 2015, won the France-based International Institute of Human Rights’s award for best international human rights attorney for defending another terrorist’s wife. Many diplomats, including from Belgium and Canada, attended the event.

Alyan won the award for defending Nadia Abu Jamaal, the widow of terrorist Ghassan Abu Jamaal, who participated in the November 2014 terrorist attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood that killed five Jewish worshippers and a police officer. Alyan’s son, terrorist Baha Alyan, perpetrated the October 2015 attack in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood that killed three Israelis.

Mualem-Rafaeli wrote, “The message to the world will be clear: The State of Israel will not allow subversive elements to pass through the entrance gates to Israel.”
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

France: Supporters of Swiss Islamist call sexual harassment claims a ‘Zionist plot’

Via JTA:
Three women said this month they were sexually assaulted by Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss Islamist with ties to terror organizations and who is accused of justifying Palestinian terrorism and promoting conspiracy theories about Jews.

His supporters were calling the accusations the result of a “international Zionist plot” to blacken his name.

The third and newest complainant, a woman identified only as Yasmina in the French media, told Le Parisien that Ramadan, a professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford’s St. Anthony’s College, sexually harassed her in 2014 and blackmailed her for sexual favors, the weekly reported Saturday. She said Ramadan threatened to distribute “compromising pictures” of her.

Ramadan has denied any wrongdoing.  (...)

Following Ayari’s decision to step forward, journalist Caroline Fourest, who has reported extensively about Ramadan’s controversial career, on Friday wrote in the Marianne weekly that supporters of Ramadan are calling the accusations the result of a “international Zionist plot” to tarnish his reputation. 
Ramadan, who in 2009 was fired from Rotterdam’s Erasmus University for taking money from the Iranian regime and who has been refused entry to France and the United States over his ties to Hamas and other terrorist groups, has often aired conspiracy theories about Israel and the Jews. (...)

In 2014 he said that the slaying of four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium, which authorities say was perpetrated by the Islamist Mehdi Nemmouche, was in fact a deliberate attack on Israeli secret agents.

And in a 2004 interview, Ramadan said that violence for the Palestinians is “a legitimate resistance,” and “the only way for them to be heard at the international level.” In the same interview, he also said he does not justify the use of violence against Israelis.
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